Tackling Mental Health

Carpenters are not immune to mental health struggles.

Poor mental health in the construction industry has been described as the “silent epidemic.” The first step to bringing awareness to the problem is by starting a conversation about mental health.

SWRCC Vice President Frank Hawk knows firsthand how mental health affects Carpenters and their families. His mission to break the stigma surrounding mental health has resulted in a council-wide initiative and the creation of the BOSS (Brotherhood Outreach for Strength and Support) Committee.

Watch his inspirational story above to learn more.

If you, or someone you know is suffering from mental health issues, there are three things we can all do right now:

  • If you see a Brother or Sister struggling, reach out. Drop them a text or give them a call just to see how they’re doing.
  • Use your Union Benefits. We’ve got a platinum health plan that includes mental health coverage. In fact, certain plans are offering free online counseling during COVID-19.
  • Join our new BOSS (Brotherhood Outreach for Strength and Support) committee. Send an email to brotherhood@swcarpenters.org.

Help break the stigma of mental health.